Friday, January 24, 2014
Incorporating Scientific Method into App
What about patent law? If the system is patented, you can discuss it, write about it, and reproduce the information in the patent ... but you cannot make, use or sell the system. For example if someone patents a system for sending water usage statistics from your water department to your cell phone, you can write about the system but you cannot create an app that uses the system.
What about maps and guides? We wouldn't advise copying someone else's map for an app either. Maps and guides are protected under copyright and wholesale copying is considered an infringement. (The earliest copyright laws in the U.S. were clear to protect "maps, charts, and books" in order to encourage the development and growth of the nation.)
PS Dept. We assumed you're not referring to the Scientific Method - question, hypothesis, prediction, testing, etc. -- which is centuries-old and in the public domain (just as is any method or explanation published in the U.S. before 1923).